Grammy winning record producer Emile Haynie makes a career turning point by unleashing his first album as a recording artist, 'We Fall', complete with collaborations with some of the biggest talent in the music industry today. But who exactly is he?
Emile Haynie releases debut album 'We Fall'
His name will be doubtlessly familiar to those fans of the rap world, having began his career in hip hop, but now he's set to make waves as a songwriter, enlisting some of the greatest vocalists and performers to work with him on his first release; an impressive feat for someone who started out working in a home studio in New York before dropping out of school. Luckily, it wasn't long before his work was picked up by Proof from D-12, who introduced him to Eminem, and the rest is history. He won a Grammy after producing Eminem's album 'Recovery', went on to discover Kid Cudi and worked with some of the world's greatest rappers including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to name but a few.
It was then he took to London to work with Ian Brown from the Stone Roses and expanded his musical horizons by producing albums for Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Pink and Lady Antebellum. After landing a recording deal with Interscope Records, he began work on 'We Fall' at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles; a rather heartbreaking collection, and yet cathartic, depicting a relationship from its uplifting beginning to its devastating end. Haynie recorded the album while still hurting, enlisting the help of best buddy Andrew Wyatt.
'Before any of the songs were even written, Andrew, who is perhaps the biggest part of the album and my best friend, would have coffee and I'd pour my heart out to him', he explained of his situation following the break-up represented in his songs. 'I wanted to put the relationship under a microscope and relive all my emotions, from being pissed off and hurt to a sense of relief.' Wyatt provided vocals on 'Falling Apart', which also featured former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and 'Nobody Believes You' alongside The Zombies' Colin Blunstone.
Other vocalists include Rufus Wainwright, Julia Holter, Father John Misty, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lykke Li, Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey and Nate Reuss of fun., the latter two of which he has previously worked with on their own albums. 'My ability to work with other people is something I take pride in', he admits. 'I wanted to work with people I love and have fun with. I never wanted it to feel like a recording session. The songs happened so naturally. It's the first time I've had 100% creative control.'
'We Fall' was released in February 2015.